Del Bosque 'fires up' Germany: 'Spain is the favorite, we will win'

Vicente del Bosque, president of the committee overseeing the Royal Spanish Football Federation, has stirred reactions in Germany with his bold statements to Bild.

Del Bosque 'fires up' Germany: 'Spain is the favorite, we will win'
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Vicente del Bosque, current president of the committee overseeing the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), made statements to the newspaper Bild that are "firing up" Germany.

"Spain is the favorite, I have no doubt that we will win. We play faster and with more rhythm than Germany. I am firmly convinced that we will advance. I don't want to be disrespectful, and we also have to be humble. But overall, I see Spain as better in many aspects, even though Germany is playing well in attack, especially with Musiala," said the 73-year-old former coach of "La Roja," who won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

And he added: "We are the main favorites, I have no doubt that we will win. We are good in both attack and defense. Even though this Friday [the 5th] the two best teams of the tournament will face each other and Germany has the advantage of playing at home. It would be fantastic for all of Spanish football [to win Euro 2024]. And let's not forget: Spain would surpass Germany by winning four European titles and would hold the record alone. I hope a new era begins and that our fans are happy."

Del Bosque's comments have stirred significant reactions in Germany, where fans and media alike are preparing for the highly anticipated clash. The match, set to take place at 5 PM on Friday, the 5th, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, is a quarterfinal fixture in the 17th edition of the European Football Championship.

Spain's recent form and tactical prowess have made them formidable opponents, with a blend of experienced veterans and young talents creating a balanced and dynamic squad. The Spanish team’s confidence is evident, fueled by their successful history under Del Bosque’s management.

Germany, on the other hand, will look to leverage their home advantage and the support of their fans. With players like Musiala showing exceptional skill in attack, Germany is equally determined to secure a victory and continue their quest for another European title.

This quarterfinal matchup is expected to be a thrilling contest, reflecting the rich footballing heritage of both nations. As the game approaches, the excitement and anticipation are palpable, with supporters from both sides eager to witness a display of high-quality football.

The broader implications of this match extend beyond the immediate outcome. A victory for Spain would not only propel them towards the semifinals but also establish a new record in European football history. Conversely, a win for Germany would reinforce their status as one of the continent's elite teams and potentially set the stage for another championship run.

As the clock ticks down to the kickoff, the football world watches with bated breath, aware that this encounter could be one of the defining moments of Euro 2024. Both teams have a lot at stake, and the result will undoubtedly resonate throughout the football community, setting the tone for the remainder of the tournament.